40 HP Licensed Boat Hire

Nessie, our 40HP, 4.3m vessel is a wonderful boat for those looking for licensed boat hire in Lucinda. Nessie, named after Dungeness where our fabulous 4 lane boat ramp is, is an extremely comfortable hire boat that easily seats 4 people. This boat is great for cruising Hinchinbrook Channel, creeks, and along the sugar loading jetty, weather permitting.

Nessie is a comfortable boat to ride in, with space to drop a few lines & crab pots.

  • Roomy 4.3m sized boat
  • Seats 4 people
  • 40HP 4 stroke engine
  • Colour sounder & GPS.
  • Tiller steer
  • From $120 half day
  • $190 full day 
    Tow & go, plus fuel. 
  • Walk on Walk off 
    avail for $70 inc fuel.

Click here for more photos, information & multiday pricing.
Optional MotorGuide with GPS lock subject to availability.

Nessie -40 HP, 4.3m boat with 7Nessie -40 HP, 4.3m boat with 7" touch screen sounder and optional electric trolling motor with GPS lock. Boat licence required.

How much is boat hire for Nessie, 40HP 4.3m boat?  Seats 4 people 
Tow & Go pricing, plus you need to refuel before returning the boat. Boat licence required.

  • Half day boat hire - Approx 4 hours, 8-12, or 12:30 - 4:30    $120
  • Full day boat hire - Approx 8 hours, 8am - 4pm $190
  • WOWO Walk on, walk off pontoon service: Half day or full day, plus $70

  • 2 days full day boat hire $350 ($175 p/d)
  • 3 days full day boat hire $510 ($170 p/d)
  • 4 days full day boat hire $670 ($167.50 p/d)
  • 5 days full day boat hire $820 ($164 p/d)
  • 6 days full day boat hire $960 ($160 p/d)
  • 7 days full day boat hire $1,120. ($160 p/d)
  • WOWO Walk on, walk off service: Multiday hire $45 per day.

  • Electric MotorGuide trolling motor with GPS spotlock. $50 half or full day. $40 per day for multiday. (Subject to availability)

  • Smartwave 4200 4.3m with 40HP 4 stroke electric start engine, tiller steer Boat licence required. Up to 4 people. Fish the Hinchinbrook waterways, and out to the end of the Lucinda jetty, weather permitting. Available for 1/2 day, full day and multi day hires.


  • Mercury 40HP 4 stroke outboard, electric start with power trim & tilt. Tiller steer.  
  • Colour sounder GPS/fish finder with down structure scan
  • Bimini to help protect you from sun and rain
  • Optional Poly icebox with block ice (home made) for bait and fish etc upon request. (Welcome to use as a bait board) 
  • Rod holders
  • 23 litre fuel tank
  • Safety gear 

  • Optional Subject to Availability: Electric MotorGuide Trolling Motor with GPS Lock.
    $50 Half or Full Day Hire.
    $40 P/day Multi Day Hire

    Please note:
  • Moderate strength required for pushing boat off trailer, and winching boat back onto trailer, as plastic boats are heavy.
  • All our boats come with a full tank of fuel. Hirer is required to refuel before returning the vessel. There is a servo conveniently located at the Lucinda boat ramp, on your right just as you leave.
  • Walk-on, walk-off available for $70. Includes delivery to Dungeness, tied onto pontoon, pickup from pontoon, cleaning the boat, & refueling. Also available to the private pontoon, for guests of Lucinda Fishing Lodge.
  • Children under 12 are considered one passenger under QLD regulations on boats in survey, and must wear a life jacket. Please advise if you require a child's lifejacket. 

Also, check specs and prices on our 50 HP 4.55 m Polycraft Drifter and 60 HP 4.8m Smartwave

What's great about Nessie? With a 4.3m boat length, she comfortably seats 4 people, and is a very stable boat with a modern 40HP 4 stroke, electric start engine. Also, a colour sounder and chart plotter with down structure scan, and the option for split screens. 

Life jackets and safety gear are all standard. However, let us know if you have littlies under the age of 12 joining you, so we can try and ensure they have a comfortable life jacket to wear whilst in the vessel. (Specifically designed to be worn all day. Required by law & pending availability of junior life jackets.)

Subject to availability, this vessel has the option for including an electric MotorGuide GPS trolling motor. $50 half or full day. $40 per day for multiday.

What do I need to consider? Although Nessie is a very comfortable boat, she has a padded middle bench seat, so she does not have the open floor space of the bigger boats. Perfect if you are just cruising the waterways, if there's only 1 or 2 of you, or a young family on board.

All 4 of Nessie's seats are flat padded boards. If you are looking for a comfortable option for 2 of you, Lucie our 50HP Polycraft has 2x captain's seats at the back.

If 3 or 4 of you plan on fishing or crabbing, you may want to check out the bigger boats.

Do we have to tow, launch and retrieve the hire boat ourselves? All boat hire prices listed above are for tow & go pricing. You need to tow, reverse, launch, tie up, park, get your car, reverse, winch on the boat, and refuel it from the servo. It sounds like a lot, however, it's not really. The boat is plastic, so it's heavier than a tinnie, and you will need a little bit of strength for launching and retrieving. You will require a 50mm tow ball. We use a 7pin flat plug. Please advise if you require an adaptor. We may be able to help. :)

Can you launch and retrieve the hire boat for us? Absolutely. We can do all of the hard stuff so all you have to do is walk on, and walk off the boat from the pontoon. We even refuel the boat, and all of this is just an extra $70 for half or full day, or an extra $65 per day for multiday WOWO service.

Can we use the hire boats at night? Boats are permitted to be used during daylight hours only.  This is a requirement of both AMSA and our insurance, which covers you should something go wrong. 

Where can we travel to? If the weather is good without a lot of breeze or wind, you can usually traverse the Hinchinbrook Channel and out to the end of the sugar loading jetty.

No or low breeze: Knock your socks off. Head out to the end of the sugar loading jetty, or even some of the lower pylons of the big sugar loading jetty, and/or over to The Bluff on Hinchinbrook Island, down to Haycock Island and Sunday Creek in the Hinchinbrook Channel, across the Hinchinbrook Channel. Be mindful of changing conditions as well as wind vs tide scenarios when travelling big distances. The line indicates most likely path due to sandbars at lower tides.

If you are towing the boat, you have the choice of using any boat ramp in the HInchinbrook region. You will need to check required tide heights and suitability of most of the boat ramps though.

Breezy to really breezy/windy: (20-25 knots) Stick to the creeks around the Lucinda boat ramp at Dungeness. There's a lot of snags, junctions and good fish to target with the protection of the mangroves from the wind.

Information on the map above: 
The white circle with the green tick can be accessed whether it's breezy, windy, or not, and in any tide.

Best not to traverse the red circle. (Herbert and Seymour are sand locked rivers) If something goes wrong, we're unlikely to be able to reach you to help, 

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Note: All hirer's/drivers must be at least 18 years old, show relevant identification, and agree to boat hire terms & conditions, at the safety brief and handover.